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THE EDITOR'S DESK: Grasping for Pennies, by Moira Allen 
THE INQUIRING WRITER: Content Writing, by Dawn Copeman
FEATURE: Writing to Pay the Bills, by Audrey Faye Henderson   
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Grasping for Pennies
While working on an article last week, I began reading the blog of
one of the article's contributors, Sean Platt.  Platt's
"Ghostwriter Dad" blog is full of useful tips for writers, but one
phrase really struck a chord with me.  It pointed out that one of
the traps that keeps writers poor is "Tripping over dollars to pick
up pennies."

Platt has a lovely blog on what HE means by the phrase.  I hope
he'll excuse me for taking a moment to expound on what that phrase
means to ME.

It means asking, "Why did you decide to become a writer in the
first place?"  If I were to ask that question of my readers, I know
I'd get quite a range of responses.  Many would say that they are
following a dream -- a dream of getting published, of having their
voices heard, of sharing a story that has long been near to their
hearts.  Others might say that they are seeking to use their
writing skills to build a better life.  Some want to escape the
nine-to-five rat race.  Some want a chance to spend more time with
family, to be with their children.  Some have no CHOICE but to be
with their children and turn to writing as a way to augment the
family income because they don't have the option of getting a "day

Rarely, however, would I hear someone say, "I became a writer
because Macdonald's was paying me too much to sling hamburgers."  

This issue focuses on the world of SEO writing -- of writing short
articles for agencies that use them to help websites and companies
improve their search engine ranking.  While it apparently IS
possible to earn good money in this endeavor, it's also possible to
spend a great deal of time working for, yes, LESS than Macdonald's
pays for slinging hamburgers.  

If I were to suggest to my lawn guy that he mow my lawn for $3,
he'd roll on the grass laughing -- and my grass would soon be very
long.  But the SEO world is full of organizations who know they can
offer $3 to a writer to produce 500 words -- and they'll find
dozens, if not hundreds, of takers.  

I am well aware that there are many writers living in countries
where $3 may, in fact, be a full day's wage, or more.  (By the way,
I'm not going to put the word "writer" in quotation marks in this
instance.  If you're a writer, you're a writer, wherever you live.)
 And if that is your circumstance, then the question really doesn't
apply to you -- because a $3 article really IS, quite probably,
fulfilling your writing dreams.  But I know that a great many
writers who are competing for these $3 and $5 "jobs" do, in fact,
live (as I do) in countries where they really could make more money
slinging hamburgers.

So why do it?  Sadly, one answer that many writers don't really
want to utter aloud is "I think this is the best I can do."  Low
self-esteem seems to be a perennial problem with writers -- the
feeling that "I'm not good enough, no one will really want to hear
what I have to say, I should be GRATEFUL this content farm is
willing to pay me for my pathetic scribblings."  This is the
feeling that drives a writer to feel that ANY sort of publication,
even for peanuts, no copyright, and quite possibly no recognition,
is better than NO publication.

If this should be you, stop, think, and take a deep breath.  If you
are good enough to write for a content farm, you are good enough to
write for a publication.  Maybe you won't get accepted the first
time, or the second, or the third.  But when you do, the rewards
will far exceed anything you feel that you have to "settle" for.  

Or maybe your ultimate writing dream is not just "getting
published," but the completion of a novel, or a story, or a
collection of stories, or a volume of poetry.  The problem is (you
may be thinking), there's no money in the long process of writing a
novel.  You may DREAM of getting a novel published, but
realistically, you won't see a penny from that dream for two,
three, maybe five or even ten years from the day you sit down and
write "Chapter One..." 

But that's what Platt means about tripping over dollars to pick up
pennies. Every day that you spend writing $3 articles -- whether
it's for a content farm or for any other market -- is a day that
you're NOT moving closer to a dream that could, in fact, have a far
greater payoff down the line.  The articles are bringing in
pennies, but ensuring that your chance of getting dollars moves
farther and farther into the future.  

To put it in terms of numbers, let's suppose you are destined to
get an advance of $5000 for your novel.  Let's also say that,
today, you're getting paid $5 for 500 words.  To earn $5000 from
that type of writing, you'll have to write 500,000 words -- more
than enough to complete your novel and (probably) the next one and
the novel after that. 

If you need to pay bills in the meantime, consider flipping burgers
or mowing lawns.  Seriously.  The pay is better -- and you can save
your words for something that counts.  And give the $3 job to
someone who really needs it.

To read more about "tripping over dollars," visit:



-- Moira Allen, Editor


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The Inquiring Writer: Content Writing
By Dawn Copeman

Last month I had several enquiries from writers wanting to know
about SEO writing and content writing.  They said that they had
heard of sites claiming that writers could earn up to $300 a week
doing such writing and wanted to know more about it.  So I asked
you for your help. 

The first reply I got was actually a question. Suzanne asked: "For
newer writers like me, would you include in your discussion of SEO
content writing a brief explanation of what the heck it is? I don't
have a clue but I'm interested to hear about any new opportunities
to get work out there."

Sorry, Suzanne.  SEO content writing means Search Engine Optimized
Content Writing.  Search engines like Google now rank sites based
on the number of key words in their text.  A SEO writer has to
write content for the sites that include just the right amount of
these key words.  Too many and the search engine judges the site to
be spam, too few and you don't get a good page ranking.  It is a
tricky business but one in which at least Stepanie Romero is making
a living. She wrote: "In February 2010, I began writing for a web
content company who specializes in SEO content for law firms.  I
started off writing one or two packages, averaging about $42 per
package.  As I continued to write for them... showing improvement, 
dependability, strong worth ethics and a positive attitude when I
was corrected by my editor... I found my workload increasing.  By
August of 2010 they offered me a position as a permanent
independent contractor.  This company is based in Florida (I live
in Wisconsin).  Suddenly I had the best of both worlds, continuous
work available to me and the ability to work whenever I want
(although I do have deadlines.  

"Today I make anywhere between $500 and $800 PER WEEK.  When I tell
people what I do and how much I make (only when they ask), they are
shocked.  Sometimes I feel like I have to pinch myself... I can
hardly believe this has become such a lucrative career.  So
obviously yes, I do believe the possibility of making $300 
a week is more than possible." 

"In answer to scrabbling for work, I was as just as shocked when I
started looking for online work through the content sites," wrote
T. Sweeney. "I have found that it is possible to get higher paying
jobs - but there are not a lot of them.  I have sold content to
Constant-Content and they do offer higher paying requests.  

"I make sure that I don't do any that are less than $50 per
article.  They do often have articles that go up to $200 and every
once in a while you will see one for $500.  I figure if it doesn't
pay at least $50, it's not worth my time.  

"You can also list your own articles on the site and put your own
prices on the articles - this way you are in control of what you
charge and since they are able to see a sampling of your writing,
it will speak for itself.  The buyer will get what they pay for. 
What I have been told regarding all those who are willing to work
for less - many are from other countries and aren't used to getting
the pay we get here - so they are happy with the small amount they
are making."

Another writer who is making money through content writing is Ralph
Bagnall.  He wrote: "I understand your concerns expressed in the
'Scrabbling for Work' editorial. I have been a member of Elance for
a couple of years. I have yet to accept a commission from Elance.
It seems that the offers there are simply not tenable.

"Although I bill by the job, I typically charge around $0.50 per
word.  I am able to do this because I specialize in woodworking

"While the Internet has made it possible for 3rd world 'writers' to
produce copy for very low rates, it has also exploded the amount of
writing that is needed. My clients need technically correct content
that will draw woodworkers to their website. I create blogs,
newsletters, product copy and video marketing materials for
my clients. I work with woodworking companies because I know
woodworking. My audience, woodworkers, can very easily spot a
non-woodworker who is trying to 'pass' as one of them, and will
react VERY badly. Hiring a cut-rate copy writer can do more harm
than good for my clients and they know it.

"My point is that while the Internet has made it easy to hire
cut-rate copywriters, there is still plenty of call for reasonably
paid writers. Specialization is a key aspect to this. By knowing
your market and offering value to your customers that they can't
get from overseas, a nice living can be made."

You make some good points, Ralph. 

Sadly, however, it seems that the majority of those who responded
have had a negative experience of writing content, like Christine
Cassello.  She wrote: "I had read about these being a good way to
earn money and I applied and was approved to write for Demand
Studios, but when I look for a subject to write about I don't
even understand the titles.  I was a liberal arts major and have
been out of school since 1969.  I never had a 'career' where I
advanced up into higher levels of expertise and I have not even
raised a family.  I can't find anything that I know enough about to
write articles for them." 

Sorry to hear that, Christine.  But it seems you might not be
missing out, as Christine Peets explains.  "Your editorial really
resonated with me. My short answer to your question about
scrabbling for work is  'NO' -- we do not have to accept these
measly wages just because there is a lot of competition. There is a
lot of competition for everything. We can continue to shop at our
local small stores even though we might be able to get the same or
similar products at a large box store down the street, probably for
a cheaper price.

"Cheap is rarely good. Publishers that pay cheap rates will get
cheap content. It will not be well researched nor will it be well
written in most cases. Content farms like Demand Media may be
attractive to some because of their 'exposure' but as a writing
colleague and friend of mine says, 'You can die from exposure.'

"I tell my writing students to have more respect for themselves as
writers than to write for these types of publishers. I tell them
that it is better to write for free for a publication that you
really like or an organization that you support than to write for
an organization like Demand Media that would suck the life out of
you and leave you with no energy to do any other type of writing."

Al McCartan also disapproves of such content farms. He wrote:
"In order to make a 'quid' in writing, I went down this road and
found it wanting. 

"Sure, I was given the brief and welcome with open arms by the
supplier, who no doubt was reaping a far greater cut than I.

"I was expected to write feature and press release standard
articles for peanuts.  Yes, even copy was thrown back for re-writes.

"'Oh woe!' cry the job providers.  'Oh woe! We only have a budget
of $??. Please don't ask for more.  But you must be my ghost writer
and write my articles of 'The Times' standard.'

"In order to give my stories credibility and to ensure I dealt out
the facts, I researched; time consuming.  Notwithstanding that,
there was the use of electricity - big buck power bills, here in
Australia now; okay! So I did not print and justify the use
of paper and ink, but writing all day and many thousand words, put
pressure on my keyboard and equipment.  

"Oh yes! Let's not forget the fact that payment is required from
some of the providers, such as E-lance etc, to get the jobs.  Then
it's a scramble for the contents of the begging bowl. 

"No plumber or electrician, nor any tradie worth his or her salt
would work for such measly hourly wages; no journalist freelance or
staff would even consider working for a 'penny-a-word'.   Yet, in
the writing world, this is considered okay, in order to 'get the
gig'.  Worst of all, no by-line.

"Sorry, no more."

Someone else who has decided to throw in the towel on this sort of
writing is Julie Schatz. She wrote: "My bottom line to people who
hire someone to write a 300-word article for $3 is, 'you get what
you pay for.'  While I know that we writers have to adjust
rates in this thin economy, we are being hurt by these wanna-bes
who will accept any amount of money to get the work. And while I'll
agree there are hacks out there that get away with charging
ridiculous fees because some corporate entities are used to paying
those fees, whether the writing is good, bad or indifferent,
there's only one of them for every hundred $3 writers.

"There's unfortunately not a thing we professional writers can do
about third-world countries' citizens performing this work for
menial wages; firstly because there's too many of them and not
enough of us; and secondly because of our socio-economic disparity.
If $3 is a day's working wage, then sure, one or three articles
they can knock out in a day is about right, isn't it?

"My husband, an architectural illustrator, faces the same kind of
third-world competition, and for the same reason. Literally, what
he would charge, say, $2000 for, someone on o-desk or any of those
other bid-for-a-gig sites will do it for $50.

"The other part of this equation in writing is, as you alluded to,
the number of people who need to earn some extra cash and figure,
'hey, I know how to write, I should do that.' And on top of that, I
believe there are more writing coaches and scam artists *telling*
people that, and selling them 'the manual' to show them 'how easy
it is to make a living writing,' than there are people actually

"Like you, I am frustrated with the whole situation as it stands
today and have pretty much given up making a living writing. I've
instead put my efforts toward promoting my husband's business
because in the long run, although he contends with the same
challenges writers do, we believe we have more chance finding local
architects and builders to do work, and who value the one-on-one
service that they can't get through o-desk."

Finally, a new writer who offers some sage words of advice, Steve
Sears.  He writes: "I believe many newbie freelancers are entering
the field this way, but I don't go this route at all. I write for
print and online publications that pay more, and I am always
seeking higher paying markets. 
"I'm no expert, but I know you have to have a belief in yourself
and your work that you can get better paying assignments and get
them done."

As for me, as part of my research for this article I did some
content writing.  Some sites are good, some are awful and none are
ideal, but as our feature writer states this month, they can come
in handy when bills are due.  I think this is a case of writer
beware. Find out as much as you can about the job and only write
for a company if you are content to do so.  There are lots of
con-men and scams out there, but there are legitimate jobs too.  

Onto this month's question from Barb Joy.  She wrote: "I was
thinking about submitting a short story or two to a writing contest
but hesitated because I already have them on my website, although I
haven't sold any yet.

"Would it be unethical to send off a story I had on my website?"

Send your answers and your questions please (as we're running low)
to editorial@writing-world.com with the subject line Inquiring

Until next time, 


Copyright 2011 Dawn Copeman


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FEATURE: Writing to Pay the Bills  
By Audrey Faye Henderson

Maybe you're hoping to supplement your income. Or you've run into a
financial shortfall due to unexpected expenses or because you've
lost one or more important clients. In any event, you need money,
and you need it soon.  

As a freelance writer, it's possible to score several hundred
dollars, or even thousands, on a single manuscript or report.  The
problem is that high-paying clients and assignments don't
materialize on a regular schedule.  If you need to be able to count
on a certain amount of regular income on a predictable schedule,
along with scouring the want ads and pounding the pavement for
survival jobs, writing for one or more online content providers may
provide a solution. 

The advantage of writing online content is that you can schedule
your own hours, which gives you more latitude to pursue
higher-paying assignments. On the other hand, while writing for
content providers can be a legitimate source of income, you must
avoid falling into the trap of treating a working relationship with
a content provider like a 'regular' job or worse, failing to
continue to seek out other clients.

Freelance writing websites often include listings for online
content providers along with information on other writing jobs.
Online content providers also frequently run banner ads on writing
websites, or advertise on online classified websites such as

A caveat: content writing pay is often very low in comparison with
the pay for writing for glossy publications and even some
newspapers.  Also, as with all work-at-home jobs, there are
unscrupulous operators out there.  Check out any would-be
assignment thoroughly before providing sensitive personal
information. Read the contractor's agreement carefully before
signing your name to anything. Be very skeptical about providing
original writing samples unless you're being paid for them.

I also don't write for content providers that require writers to
'bid' for projects. In my experience, bidding for writing jobs too
often involves a 'race to the bottom' for pay, competing against
bidders from developing countries who can and often do accept $1 or
$2 to produce a 500-word article.  I can't afford to work for those
rates and I am assuming that you can't either

You will not be able to sign up with a content provider today and
cash a paycheck tomorrow.  However, depending on the content
provider(s) you work for, you may be able to generate enough cash
in time to make next month's rent.

Applying for Online Content Work
Most content providers require prospective writers to negotiate an
application process just as job applicants do with brick-and-mortar
companies.  The website will often include a link to a dedicated
application page, or a section that provides detailed instruction
on how to apply. Whatever the procedure, follow the instructions
precisely. You may not get another chance if you make a mistake --
many online content providers do not allow prospective contributors
to apply more than once.

As a professional freelancer, your writing experience will probably
place you in high regard with many online content providers. This
doesn't mean you can blow off the writing sample.  Yes, you will
probably have to submit at least one. Choose examples of your work
that relate to the subject(s) covered by the content provider(s)
you're applying for.  Tailor your résumé (yes, you'll need one) to
emphasize relevant experience and any type of recognition for
writing. Advanced degrees will also enhance your application,
especially if your degrees relate to the type of writing featured
by the content provider.

My experience has been that favorable responses tend to come
quickly or not at all, although your mileage may vary.  If it has
been more than a month since you've applied with no word, it's
perfectly acceptable to make a single polite inquiry by email. You
may preface your inquiry by voicing the concern that your
application might have been lost in the ether.  Of course, if you
received an auto-response that your application had been received
immediately after submission that approach won't work.  

Once you've been contracted to work with an online provider, you'll
need to submit a contractors' agreement and sort out the logistics
of payment and taxes. Many content providers pay only by PayPal, so
you'll need an account, preferably one that is verified so that you
can receive unlimited payments.  

What's In a Name?
Many writers use pen names when writing for online content
providers for reasons ranging from safety and privacy concerns to
worries that being publically associated with a 'content farm'
would harm their writing reputations with other publishers or
potential clients.  If you decide to use a pseudonym for privacy
reasons, choose something that sounds like a plausible real name.
Many content providers will require this.

Some content providers also require photos and fairly detailed
biographical information.  If you're writing under a pseudonym and
want or need to maintain your anonymity, provide a photo that
partially obscures your face, is shot in profile, in shadow or
provides some other means of disguising your identity. Provide as
little personal and biographical information as possible while
remaining truthful. Explain your position to the administrators for
the site.  Most content providers will respect your wishes. 
A major reason to consider writing under a pseudonym is that most
online content work is done on a work for hire arrangement. Once
the work is accepted and you're paid, it becomes the property of
the company, which has the right to publish it anywhere, in whole
or In part, without your permission or even letting you know in
advance or after publication. 

If that fact doesn't bother you, consider this: unscrupulous
'scraper' sites may also republish your content, often with major
changes that do not enhance the work. Of course, this is a total
copyright violation, but remember, you no longer own the copyright.
This means you have no standing to force the 'scraper' site to
remove your work. 

That said, if you report this kind of copyright violation to the
content provider, the company can (and often does) pursue the
infringing individual or website. But do you really have time to
police the Internet for copyright violations of work you no longer
even own?  Writing under a pseudonym relieves you of the worry of
wondering whether your name is associated with an unsavory online

Working for Content Providers 
Each content provider has its own standard template and 'voice,'
which involves climbing a learning curve that can be surprisingly
steep before you get into a rhythm. Once you've acclimated
yourself, however, you should be able to finish individual
assignments fairly quickly. This is important, because when you're
earning as little as $8, $10, $15, $20 or $25 per article, it is
financially unfeasible to labor over each article for hours, much
less days or even weeks.

Some writers conduct interviews with experts and extensive offline
research for their content articles. If you're using your real name
or plan to include your content articles as part of your overall
writing portfolio, this can make sense. Other writers keep their
content writing portfolios completely separate from their other
work. They concentrate on maintaining an acceptable quality level
but concentrate the bulk of their creativity elsewhere. Some
content writers are able to complete two or even three or more
articles per hour as a result.

I tend to average one hour for each article for content work. This
includes Internet research, 'outlining' each article by section
according to the template involved, actual writing and related
tasks such as completing the reference section and choosing photos.
I concentrate on specific general categories for which I have a
ready 'library' of bookmarked websites that make it possible to
quickly and efficiently research each title. 

The key is to maintain a level of quality that is acceptable to the
content provider while writing as efficiently as possible. However,
efficiency does not mean adopting a dismissive attitude. Yes, it's
low-paid work.  Yes, you're probably writing under a pseudonym.
However, consistently submitting sloppy, poorly executed work can
and will result in dismissal. More importantly, consistently
producing sub-par work for a content provider can have an adverse
effect on your writing in general.

If at all possible, contract with several different content
providers. You won't have to write for all of them simultaneously.
However, even though many content providers offer a reliable pay
schedule, you only get paid for work that is COMPLETED in time for
processing for each payout date. 

Inevitably, a website glitch or a period of sustained slow reviews
will result in little or none of your work being approved by the
deadline for a given payout date. Given how Murphy's Law works,
this unfortunate situation will inevitably occur precisely when
your need for income is greatest. Having active contracts with
several content providers gives you the option of shifting your
efforts immediately from one to another to maintain a more or less
consistent income stream.

Writing for different content providers also helps to avoid burnout
that can occur when you're grinding out article after article on
the same subject. As a generalist, I cover articles on a wide range
of subjects for my content work.  This flexibility also means that
I have more potential assignments available to me, which also helps
to maintain a somewhat consistent income stream. 

Many online content providers have discussion boards for their
writers and other contractors. Along with email messages and
announcements from administrators, discussion board posts can keep
you apprised about important policy changes and other important
information for that particular content provider, as well as useful
leads for other potential clients. They are also often magnets for
online drama, which can present a tremendous time suck without
diligent monitoring.

A better plan is to set aside a certain number of hours each day
and a set number of days each week for content-related work.
Schedule at least one day per week to pursue and complete
assignments for other clients.  You'll also need time off just to
recharge your batteries.

Individual Content Providers
The list below is far from exhaustive -- the sites included are
those with which I have had first-hand experience. For the purposes
of this article, content providers fall into three broad
categories: sites that pay at least once per week with assignments
that have set prices; sites that pay once or twice per month with
assignments that have set prices; and sites that allow you to set
your own prices -- but pay only after you make an actual sale.  

The third category provides an alternative outlet for articles that
are not approved by conventional content providers rather than an
actual income stream. I personally have sold a handful of articles
this way, none for less than $50.  Some pieces sold, quickly,
others lingered from months before selling and several are still on

Bright Hub
Editorially-managed channels pay $10 up front per title plus
continuous revenue share residual payments. Payments occur monthly
via PayPal. Writers apply by submitting a résumé and writing
samples to one or more channels. Successful writers become members
of specific channels with assignment lists available only to
members of the channel. Writers may also pitch their own article
ideas to the channel manager. Editing is transparent; each article
is assigned to an editor based on subject matter.  Buys electronic
publication rights, writers are free to publish work elsewhere in
print publications only. Accepts writers worldwide.

Constant Content
Writers upload individual articles and photographs. Each submission
undergoes strict checking through a plagiarism filter and an
editing/proofreading process before they are approved for inclusion
on the website. Titles are listed by category, keyword and by
author. Buyers also submit assignments to which writers may respond
with completed articles or pitches.  Payment occurs monthly or
twice monthly as the writer chooses, exclusively through PayPal. 
Writers may sell usage rights, unique publication rights or all
rights, and set their own prices, with a minimum of $7. Accepts
writers worldwide.

Demand Media Studios 
Apply by submitting a résumé and writing samples. New writers must
complete a probationary period where they write three paid articles
edited by a senior editor.  Successful writers are assigned a queue
of 10 articles. Approval for a larger queue occurs on a rolling
basis. Writers may apply for assignments that pay more per article.
Editing is anonymous and writers are allowed a maximum of one
revision after which the article is accepted or rejected.

Pays twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays by PayPal, with deadlines
of midnight Pacific time on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively. 
Articles for regular assignments range from $3 to $25 or $30,
depending on internal site and format, $15 is standard. Publisher
buys all rights.  Accepts writers from the U.S., Canada, and the
U.K. only.

U.S. writers apply through the website, which requests writing
experience and writing samples. Foreign writers provide the same
info by an email without attachments. Pays on a rolling basis upon
acceptance of batches of five or more articles. Articles vary in
price, from $10 to $14 each through PayPal only. Writers go through
multiple stages of paid test articles with detailed commentary at
each stage. Successful writers are able to claim a queue of 5
articles and are assigned a specific editor.  Subjects range from
gadgets to government. Publisher buys all rights.  Accepts writers

The Writers Network
Writers apply by submitting a résumé and writing samples. Pays for
articles on a rolling basis upon acceptance via PayPal.  Apply by
submitting a résumé and writing samples. Successful writers may
claim a queue of 5 articles ranging in price from $10 to $25,
mostly on home and garden related subjects. Beauty and fashion
related articles were added in April 2011, more categories have
been planned for addition in coming months. Editing is anonymous. 
Publisher buys all rights. Accepts only writers in the United

Audrey Faye Henderson is a writer, researcher, data analyst and
policy analyst based in the Chicago area. Her company, Knowledge
Empowerment, http://www.knowledge-empowerment.net/, specializes in
social policy analysis concerning fair housing, affordable housing,
higher education for nontraditional students, community development
with an asset based approach and sustainable development in the
built environment.

Copyright 2011 Audrey Faye Henderson 

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An epublishing revolution is sweeping the industry. We explain what
is happening and show you how to self-publish your own ebooks.


Free Stuff for Writers: Going Digital  
By Aline Lechaye

A great internet radio program and a couple of cool writer-related
apps are some of the things you'll be introduced to in this month's
article. Something you also might want to check out: Google's new
social networking site. 

Move over, iTunes, Grooveshark is here. This internet based radio
program allows you to stream any song you want (all the way
through; we're not talking thirty-second snippets here) for free!
Registration is not necessary to listen to music, although
registered users can create and save playlists of their favorite
music. The interface can be slightly confusing for new users to get
used to, and the site requires flash to operate, which may mean
slower reaction times on slow internet connections. Besides
music-on-demand, Grooveshark also offers internet radio that picks
tunes for you. Good music can be shared using email, Twitter or
Facebook. It's like having a free iPod that has all the music in
the world saved inside! Check out Grooveshark at 
Okay, we've had Myspace, and then we had Facebook, and Twitter, and
now we've got the latest offering in social networks from Google:
Google+. The "stream" feature is similar to the Facebook wall, and
"circles" lets you organize your friends into groups. Live video
chat is available through the "hangouts" feature, and each hangout
can hold up to ten people. You can also access Google+ through your
Android, iPhone, or Blackberry device. I'm not sure at this point
whether or not it will be an improvement on the current social
sites, but hey, it's free and (fairly) fun to use, so why not try
it out? Find out more at https://plus.google.com. 

I recently learned about BookCatcher through a friend. BookCatcher
is a website that provides free articles and resources for writers,
covering topics from marketing, publishing, and the actual writing
process. They also have some podcasts and free ebooks for download.
Visit the site at http://www.bookcatcher.com/index.php.
Great for story plotting or brainstorming or even just jotting down
random thoughts, FreeMind is a free mind-mapping software written
in Java. Interesting features include the ability to "fold" and
"unfold" your map (which means you can open and hide sub-points as
needed), drag and drop text or sub categories, and export finished
mind maps to HTML format. The program has limited support for
pictures and graphics, though. Find out more about FreeMind and
download the program at http://freemind.sourceforge.net/. FreeMind
runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS, and you can choose to download
a simple basic version, or the complete version which includes
plugins. Note that you may also need to install a Java program to
run FreeMind if your computer doesn't already have one. 

And finally, an alternative for on-screen keyboards: RapidWriter.
If you've ever wanted to jot down something in a hurry, this free
iPhone (iPad) app is for you. Don't bother with tapping out letters
on your tiny screen keyboard; just draw the letters on the screen
with your finger, and the app will convert it into neat script for
you. To learn more or download, go to 

Aline Lechaye is a translator, writer, and writing tutor who
resides in Asia. She can be reached at alinelechaye@gmail.com.

Copyright 2011 Aline Lechaye


A Freelancer's Guide To SEO
This is a useful article on the topic of Search Engine Optimization
and how to learn to write SEO articles. 

This is a community of writers who meet online to read, write, and
critique each other's work.  You can submit up to two pieces a
month to be critiqued.  

Writers Block Help
OK, so the premise of this site is to help cure writer's block, but
it offers so much more than that.  Here you will find articles on
how to write book reviews, poem starters, flash fiction as well as
games and activities to get unblocked. This is a treasure of a site.


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